Northern Health to provide fertility care, closer to home
Those living in Melbourne’s north now have access to donor sperm and eggs through Australia’s first ever public egg and sperm bank, in partnership with the Royal Women’s Hospital.
The Northern Health clinic will provide eligible patients with access to a range of fertility services including specialist consultations, diagnostic tests, ultrasounds, medications and in-cycle management all closer to their home – helping cut down on unnecessary travel time and avoid indirect costs.
Access to the public fertility service at partner health services is available through a GP or specialist referral sent to the Royal Women’s Hospital, which will then organise for patients to receive their fertility treatment at the health service closest to their home.
Yesterday, Wednesday, 12 July, Minister for Health, The Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP, visited the future fertility clinic site in Epping to meet with staff and discuss the investment in fertility care in Melbourne’s north.
“We’re so proud to be rolling out public fertility care at partner health services across Victoria – because your ability to start a family shouldn’t be limited by where you live,” said Minister Thomas.
Once fully operational, the $120 million program will help up to 5,000 Victorians every year to start or grow their family – helping them save up to $10,000. Since launching in October last year, more than 550 Victorians have already commenced their fertility journey.
“This new clinic in Epping is all about bringing fertility care to the heart of the community, meaning it’s more accessible and affordable for those wanting to start a family,” said Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, Member for Thomastown.
Minister Thomas had some wonderful things to say about Northern Health, our staff and the care we provide. Please watch the short video here.
You can also read the press coverage of yesterday’s event in the Herald Sun here.